Note to self: Don’t overcook. I think part of the reason I wasn’t feeling very bento this week is there was too much food in the refrigerator: too many choices, too many things I felt I HAD to eat before they spoiled, so I opted out of all of them.
That said, I think this turned out nicely for use-it-up and leftovers. In the lower left, meatballs from the freezer (I made them out of the extra filling from stuffed peppers) and sauteed mushrooms. I took leftover mashed potatoes and browned them as a cake in the upper left - they’re topped with more mushrooms. the rest is mostly vegetables - broccoli rolled in ham, sliced tomato with balsamic, pickled cucumbers, carrots and beets. I like the colors and the arrangement - evidently, vertical stripes flatter bentos as well as humans.

Note to self: Don’t overcook. I think part of the reason I wasn’t feeling very bento this week is there was too much food in the refrigerator: too many choices, too many things I felt I HAD to eat before they spoiled, so I opted out of all of them.


That said, I think this turned out nicely for use-it-up and leftovers. In the lower left, meatballs from the freezer (I made them out of the extra filling from stuffed peppers) and sauteed mushrooms. I took leftover mashed potatoes and browned them as a cake in the upper left - they’re topped with more mushrooms. the rest is mostly vegetables - broccoli rolled in ham, sliced tomato with balsamic, pickled cucumbers, carrots and beets. I like the colors and the arrangement - evidently, vertical stripes flatter bentos as well as humans.

I didn’t make bento the last few lunches I brought (I had sandwiches or single dish meals instead) This one uses up a few dishes - the last of the fish stuffed peppers and roasted potatoes. Also used up - but hidden are sauteed vegetables that form a bed for the peppers - one is meat stuffed, one is fish. The meal is rounded out with broccoli and a farmer’s market tomato drizzled with balsamic reduction. Cheese and crackers as a snack are in another small container.

I didn’t make bento the last few lunches I brought (I had sandwiches or single dish meals instead) This one uses up a few dishes - the last of the fish stuffed peppers and roasted potatoes. Also used up - but hidden are sauteed vegetables that form a bed for the peppers - one is meat stuffed, one is fish. The meal is rounded out with broccoli and a farmer’s market tomato drizzled with balsamic reduction. Cheese and crackers as a snack are in another small container.

I was not feeling very bento this afternoon, so had to push myself to make this (there aren’t many reasonable eating options near my work) I reconstituted some wakame (seaweed) for the salad and used a portion of yakisoba I had tucked into the freezer for a day like this. The other mysterious item at the center bottom is a Japanese fish sausage, chikuwa, stuffed with red pepper.

I was not feeling very bento this afternoon, so had to push myself to make this (there aren’t many reasonable eating options near my work) I reconstituted some wakame (seaweed) for the salad and used a portion of yakisoba I had tucked into the freezer for a day like this. The other mysterious item at the center bottom is a Japanese fish sausage, chikuwa, stuffed with red pepper.

New bento! The white one is from Sunrise Mart in NYC. It’s smallish (630 ml, which is small for me if I’m in human vacuum mode, so I brought a snack bento as well - the blue bento is Color Life, from a 100 yen store in Kyoto.) Snack bento: brie, crackers, cherry tomatoes. Dinner bento - top compartment, roast potatoes, tomatoes, cornichons. bottom compartment, sautted vegetables, carrots, celery stuffed with blue cheese, meat stuffed pepper.

New bento! The white one is from Sunrise Mart in NYC. It’s smallish (630 ml, which is small for me if I’m in human vacuum mode, so I brought a snack bento as well - the blue bento is Color Life, from a 100 yen store in Kyoto.)

Snack bento: brie, crackers, cherry tomatoes.

Dinner bento - top compartment, roast potatoes, tomatoes, cornichons. bottom compartment, sautted vegetables, carrots, celery stuffed with blue cheese, meat stuffed pepper.

Bento see, bento do. A few people have bento blogs on tumblr. Someone had a sando-bento that looked yummy, and so it became tonight’s dinner. Cucumber and tuna salad sandwiches (my tuna salad is more elaborate than the Japanese tuna mayo. More like how they would make potato salad, but with the addition of hard boiled egg and cheese.) In the other compartment, sauteed vegetables, potato salad, cheese stuffed celery, carrots, tomatoes, gherkins.

Bento see, bento do. A few people have bento blogs on tumblr. Someone had a sando-bento that looked yummy, and so it became tonight’s dinner. Cucumber and tuna salad sandwiches (my tuna salad is more elaborate than the Japanese tuna mayo. More like how they would make potato salad, but with the addition of hard boiled egg and cheese.) In the other compartment, sauteed vegetables, potato salad, cheese stuffed celery, carrots, tomatoes, gherkins.